HK government's PR plan to rebuild image suffers setback

Sharon Hom, executive director of Human Rights in China, invoked a saying by Mao Zedong to sum up the spirit of Hong Kong's dissenters: "Wherever there is suppression, there will be resistance".

"Why is China sitting here, as a member of this Human Rights Council?" This is a plea for democracy, ' she told a congressional commission in Washington. "Suppressing the violence is still the priority".

She said that the protesters' four remaining demands, such as dropping all charges against arrested protesters, would be in violation of the core values of Hong Kong.

According to a copy of the government brief carried by the Holmes Report, a PR trade publication, the government was aware that the ongoing protests have raised concerns over Hong Kong's reputation "as a global business and financial hub with a stable environment underpinned by the rule of law" and the safety of business travelers and tourists.

Hong Kong Christians fear freedom of religion could be "gone forever" despite the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill and leader Carrie Lam's efforts to ease tensions in the administrative region.

Police stated in a statement, "Radical protesters are now occupying Harcourt Road in Admiralty, vandalizing Central Authorities Locations of work and time and another time throwing petrol bombs inner".

"Beijing shouldn't have it both ways, reaping all the economic benefits of Hong Kong's standing in the world while eradicating our sociopolitical identity", said 22-year-old Joshua Wong, one of the most prominent figures in an otherwise leaderless and faceless movement. "Here's a straight away outcome of the dearth of democracy in Hong Kong, as the authorities just isn't held in rate for its endorsement of police abuse", Chan told the UNHRC on Monday. "The systematic and calculated violent acts of this group have never been condoned by all Hong Kongers", Ho and Wu said.

He warned that Chinese President Xi Jinping may take harsher action before next month's 70th anniversary of communist China.

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"The present state of affairs reveals Beijing's utter inability to understand, let alone govern, a free society", Wong said.

In a response to an enquiry, the Hong Kong government's information services department said: "The quotation exercise lapsed as no bid was received by the close of the quotation period".

It also wanted advice on how to "bring out the success of "one country, two systems" policy - under which Hong Kong has been ruled under China after its handover of sovereignty from Britain in 1997. It would also seek to safeguard the autonomy that underpins special trading privileges for Hong Kong, which are crucial to its economy.

He said he hopes the Donald Trump administration will follow the lead of Congress and speak more forcefully in support of the protesters.

Several other things said by Chan lined up with the Chinese government's narrative around the protests.

Wong was joined by Hong Kong celebrity activist Denise Ho, who warned that an erosion of the city's unique status would embolden China if the US does not put pressure on Beijing and support USA legislation aimed at defending Hong Kongers' civil rights.

Johnny Patterson, director of Hong Kong Watch, added: "At this critical and sensitive point in the protests, it is vital that the Canadian government use every available means to stand with Hong Kong's people in the face of Chinese encroachment. The underlying issues are about all the other social issues we're facing in Hong Kong".

  • Sonia Alvarado